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What does Santiago mean?

Santiago Pronunciation of Santiago [san-ti-a-go] as a boys' name is pronounced sahn-tee-AH-go. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Santiago is "Saint James". A blended form of Saint Diego; Diego is a Spanish form of James. James the Greater (of the two apostles by that name) is the patron saint of Spain.

Associated with: saint, greater.


Santiago has 5 variants: Sandiago, Sandiego, Santeago, Santiaco and Santigo.

Related boy name: Iago.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Santiago Westley (S.W.), ..

How popular is Santiago?

Santiago is a very prominent first name for men (#450 out of 1220, Top 37%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#302 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Santiago reached its apex position of #115 in the U.S. in the year 2014, and is at #127 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Santiago name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Santiago outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. James (#7 in recent rankings), Diego (#124) and Saint are the popular related forms of Santiago (#127 in recent rankings). Usage of these relations of Santiago was widespread during the years 1940-1949 (median #1024) and has become much less since (#564, 79.2% less usage), with the version James going out of style. Santiago is the most trendy birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Santiago, Diego, James, Saint in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of James outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Inigo, Sabino, Sachio, Saguaro, Saige, Salvian, Salviano (see Salvio), Salvino, Salvio, Sancho, Sanctio, Sandero, Sandie, Sandino, Sanditon, Sandro, Sanjay, Sanjiro, Santana, Santanna, Sante, Santee, Santino, Santo, Santos, Sanzio, Saviero, Savino, Sebastiano, Stian and Stig. These names tend to be less commonly used than Santiago.

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